'Kiss and ride' sign erected outside Preston railway station

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People arriving at Preston railway station could be forgiven for thinking they are about to board the love train.

A sign, erected at the drop-off zone in front of the station's main entrance, reads: "No Parking - Kiss and Ride".

Virgin Rail, which runs the station, said the sign was part of improvement works linked to the facelift of the city's Fishergate.

"Apparently the sign has brought out the amorous side of some customers and staff," said a company spokesman.

The signs have already captured the imagination of people on social media.

Television presenter Philip Schofield tweeted: "Love this sign, but not sure Ian who dropped me off would have appreciated a goodbye peck on the cheek."

Susan Treverton, from Caton in Lancashire, said on BBC Radio Lancashire's Facebook page: "If I am travelling on my own do I get a kiss from the bus driver?"

Kiss and ride is a worldwide phenomenon which was first coined in the Los Angeles Times in the 1950s.

Not every station is as romantic as Preston, though.

In 2009 people were banned from kissing at Warrington Bank Quay because it "held up the taxis".

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